Generosity in Relationships

“Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.” 2 Corinthians 9:13
We have all had that one person in our lives who we consistently give to, without receiving anything in return. No matter how much or how often, they don’t seem to be impacted; sometimes a simple “thank you” won’t even be expressed. Is there a point, though, when being too generous can hurt us?
In 2 Corinthians 9:13, we see that our obedience and generosity will cause others to praise God. Generosity is just one of many ways to show Christ to the world. But as Geoff talked about Sunday, there will come a point when we have given too much. For all of us, that point or “limit” is completely different. I encourage you this week to dig down deep. Maybe there is a relationship in your life in which you have reached that point. Be in prayer and let the Lord direct you in the steps to take.

Why Are Christians So…?

Why Are Christians So…?

“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58
Being consistent is a rare trait to come across these days. Whether it’s in work, school, relationships, or as we talked about this Sunday, in our faith as well. Our society today has labeled inconsistency as a normality for living. Why work hard for everything, when slacking on something will still get the job done?
Consistency is defined as: “the condition of cohering or holding together and retaining form; solidity or firmness.” One of the hardest things to accomplish in life, especially in faith, is giving 100 percent all the time. How can we “hold together and retain form” with our family, our work, our friends, and our spiritual life? It all starts by giving 100 percent.
The perfect example is in Luke 18:18-23, the man who could not give up everything. He asks Jesus what he needs to do to receive eternal life. After making it known that he follows the commandments, Jesus tells him to sell everything he has and follow Him. The man, being very wealthy, walked away and became very sad. So that leaves us a question: why are christians so…halfhearted? Most of the time it is something that we can’t let go of weighing us down. This week, take a look at your life and see what is holding you back from giving 100 percent all the time. It’s time as believers to break the mold and live WHOLEheartedly.

Love Test for Valentine’s Day

Love is:
Patient, Kind
Does not envy, Does not boast
Not proud, Does not dishonor others
Not self-seeking, Not easily angered
Keeps no record of wrongs
Does not delight in evil
Rejoices with the truth
Always protects, Always trusts,
Always hopes, Always perseveres
Never fails
From 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
As we celebrate Valentine’s Day, take a moment to weigh how you practice this Godly love with your family and friends.
In which of these areas can you grow and take the next step to demonstrate more consistently the Love of Jesus?